If you have lost half of your teeth, or if you have an advanced form of a periodontal disease then you may be eligible for implants. Your remaining teeth will be taken out and you will have arches, which will be fixed to four implants, throughout your mouth. If you have only lost a few teeth, then having individual implants may be a better option. If you have a healthy and attractive smile, then you may not be eligible for a dental implants procedure and you may be asked to seek out braces or even veneers instead. Dental implants will represent a normal and healthy smile, but an oral surgeon will not consider them as a good solution if the teeth you have now are healthy and natural.
There are complications that may well require further discussions with your doctor or dentist. The factors that are mentioned below will not disqualify you from being a good candidate, but they may impact your general success rate. Your implant dentist in Guildford will be able to talk to you about any of the below if you have concerns.
Full dental implants in Guildford, Surrey often require you to undergo general anaesthesia. Studies have shown that those who undergo anaesthesia may be at a higher risk of miscarriage or even premature birth. If the implant is considered to be both time-sensitive and essential, then the second trimester would be the safest time for you to have this kind of work done.
Cigarette smoke can block your salivary glands. Saliva is needed if you want to fight any harmful bacteria and if you have a lack of it then you may be at a higher risk for a mouth infection. Nicotine also inhibits the osseointegration process. This is when implants fuse to your bone, naturally. Smokers are at a much higher risk of implant failure and for this reason, it is recommended that you stop smoking around 2 weeks before you have the procedure done.
Chemotherapy can affect the density of bone. Implants that are placed, where there is poor density are at a higher risk of general failure. If you have a history of chemotherapy in the jaw, the neck or the maxillofacial region then you need to talk with your oral surgeon. They can then perform a CT scan to make sure that you are suited to the procedure.
Are You Eligible for Implants?
It’s important to know that your eligibility should not be determined by anyone other than your surgeon. They will need to be board-certified and they should also be able to advise you on your own, unique situation. With that being said, you should not be concerned about getting multiple opinions from many different surgeons. Some patients have been told that they are not eligible for implants, or that they will need to have a bone grafting procedure done. Later, they happen to come to our clinic, and we can treat them with Zygomatic implants. This is an implant that does not require any kind of bone grafting. Overall, the general success rate for a full-mouth implant is around 99% and it is also one of the safest and one of the most predictable procedures in modern dentistry. Patients experience an improved smile, a higher level of confidence and even more quality of life. If you want a healthier smile, then you can book a consultation with our dentist. We can then talk to you, to find out if the options that we have are suited to you. You can also take a look below to see some of the frequently asked questions that our patients often have.
How Painful are Implants?
The surgery involved with implants is virtually painless. When the numbness wears off, you may experience soreness and swelling. These side effects will clear in just a few days. You may have a lisp when you try and speak with your new implants. Your cosmetic dentist in Guildford will be able to advise you on the recovery process if you need some additional help and support here.
How Long Does the Procedure Last?
The implant process will include you going for an initial consultation as well as you having a diagnostical procedure. The implants and the new teeth can be placed in a single appointment, even with extraction. You can return home in the same day.
What is the Success Rate?
Research has shown that the success rate is 98% on the upper arch and 98.2 on the lower arch, so you can rest assured knowing that it is a very safe and effective procedure.